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Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,637thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,601stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,625th
The Astorian Dominion of
Iron Fist Socialists
Patria me Defendit
Civil Rights
Political Freedom

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Population17.808 billion

LeaderHis Extreme Highness Melodom


The Astorian Dominion of Aelitia is a gargantuan, socially progressive nation, ruled by His Extreme Highness Melodom with an iron fist, and renowned for its museums and concert halls, daily referendums, and sprawling nuclear power plants. The hard-nosed, cynical population of 17.808 billion Aelitians are ruled with an iron fist by the socialist government, which grants its people the freedom to do whatever they like so long as it doesn't involve getting richer than anybody else or challenging the government.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Visaelitia. The average income tax rate is 92.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The all-consuming Aelitian economy, worth a remarkable 1,561 trillion Donclattes a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector is mostly made up of the Tourism industry. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 87,678 Donclattes, and evenly distributed, with the richest citizens earning only 2.5 times as much as the poorest.

A new guerrilla marketing campaign for tap water involves government agents spraying random citizens with hose water, the military is slashing spending on conventional arms and diverting it to spending on prosthetic arms, His Extreme Highness Melodom has taken to wearing medal-adorned military uniform in all public appearances, and 10-year-olds who struggle with integrating by parts are considered slow learners. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to the all-pervasive police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Aelitia's national animal is the Valkyrie, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Aelitia is ranked 181,341st in the world and 4,379th in the West Pacific for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -5.29 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 2,637thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 3,601stMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 3,625thMost Advanced Public Transport: 4,868thBest Weather: 5,184thMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 5,533rdMost Beautiful Environments: 6,249thMost Advanced Public Education: 6,478thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,549thSafest: 8,258thLongest Average Lifespans: 9,034thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 9,106thHealthiest Citizens: 9,372ndLargest Populations: 10,101stHighest Economic Output: 11,114thMost Cultured: 11,311thMost Subsidized Industry: 12,021stTop
Largest Governments: 13,574thLowest Crime Rates: 15,337thMost Pacifist: 18,023rdMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,192ndSmartest Citizens: 18,696thMost Developed: 19,170thMost Secular: 22,168thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 23,715th
Most Extensive Public Healthcare: 46th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 48th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 56th in the regionTop
Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 61st in the regionLargest Populations: 67th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 80th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 98th in the regionBest Weather: 107th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 121st in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 123rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 173rd in the regionSafest: 175th in the regionHighest Economic Output: 179th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 187th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 189th in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 202nd in the regionMost Cultured: 217th in the regionLargest Governments: 249th in the regionTop
Lowest Crime Rates: 303rd in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 355th in the regionMost Valuable International Artwork: 373rd in the regionMost Developed: 376th in the regionSmartest Citizens: 405th in the regionMost Pacifist: 489th in the regionMost Secular: 523rd in the region

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